The Word of a Prince

The Word of a Prince

A Life of Elizabeth I from Contemporary Documents

Maria Perry


Boydell Press



She gives the general reader fresh access to Elizabeth's mind and ideas, her wit, verve, eloquence, circumlocution, and formidable learning. OBSERVER
A new approach to historical biography - she has studied both the original sources and recent works of scholarship and has a thorough understanding of the period. SUNDAY TIMES

Until Maria Perry began her exploration of Elizabeth's papers, this vivid raw material had only been partially studied. From it, a fresh portrait of Elizabeth emerges, one which is often more cohesive and less baffling than some offered by her biographers. The dangers and insecurities of her early life, her sense of divine protection, her formidable education, all stand out as crucial elements in the formation of her character; but behind the acquired circumspection lies a personality of great warmth and spirit. On the teasing questions of love, marriage and virginity, the letters and speeches offer oblique comment; it seems certain that Robert Dudley was her one true love, and that she felt his second marriage to Lettice Knollys as a bitter betrayal.

MARIA PERRY is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, where she read history.

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February 1996
20 black and white illustrations
276 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851156330
Format: Paperback
Boydell Press
BISAC BIO014000, HIS037090, HIS015000
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